Songs that eclipsed their Movie by Egantx7

Champion(s):

KroegerJ
Strength and Honor


Runner(s)-Up:

KreitzerJ


Quiz Description

I'll admit that these songs and films are a bit subjective in their inclusion here. There have been many good (and bad) songs written for many good (and bad) films. Sometimes, that song will take on a life of its own to the point that people will forget the movie, or at least forget a song was written for a particular movie. Given the title of a song, and some information about the song, identify the movie that it was written for. In no cases will the song and film share a title.

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Questions:

"The Look of Love"

1967

music: Burt Bacharach

lyrics: Hal David

original recording by: Dusty Springfield

Despite being a box office success, this film was a disaster behind the scenes, largely because the film had six directors and Peter Sellers walked off the project before many of his scenes were filmed.

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Casino Royale

"Kokomo"

1988

music & lyrics: Mike Love, Scott McKenzie, Terry Melcher, John Phillips

original recording: The Beach Boys

As of 2016, this film has a score of 5% at Rotten Tomatoes, making it the lowest rated film in the career of its star.

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Cocktail

"Evergreen"

1976

music: Barbra Streisand

lyrics: Paul Williams

original recording: Barbra Streisand

The 1937 and 1954 films dealt with actors in Hollywood, but this version focused on the music industry

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A Star is Born

"America"

1980

music & lyrics: Neil Diamond

original recording: Neil Diamond

This film grossed about $27 million, while the soundtrack album sold over 5 million copies, easily outgrossing the film.

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The Jazz Singer

"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"

1998

music & lyrics: Diane Warren

original recording: Aerosmith

This song was nominated for an Oscar and a Razzie. It was Aerosmith's very first hit to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Armageddon

"Gangasta's Paradise"

1995

music & lyrics: Stevie Wonder, Coolio, Doug Rasheed, Larry Sanders

original recording: Coolio

The music video just showed Michelle Pfeiffer sitting there while Coolio rapped.

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Dangerous Minds

"How Do I Live"

1997

music & lyrics: Diane Warren

original recording: LeAnn Rimes (unused in the film), Trisha Yearwood (used in the film)

Both Rimes and Yearwood were Grammy nominated for the same song, a first in Grammy history, with Yearwood winning many of the awards that Celine "My Heart Will Go On" Dion didn't win that year.

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Con Air

"Nobody Does It Better"

1977

music & lyrics: Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager

original recording: Carly Simon

Despite "You're So Vain" being Simon's most recognizable song today, "Nobody Does it Better" charted two months longer than that song. The film ends with the song's intro being sung by a British men's chorus before Simon jumps in to finish the song at the start of the credits.

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The Spy Who Loved Me

"Swinging on a Star"

1944

music: Jimmy Van Heusen

lyrics: Johnny Burke

original recording: Bing Crosby

Within the film, the sale of this song to a recording executive earns enough money to save the church ... because the title song failed to impress the executive. This film won the Oscar for Best Picture, while its sequel was similarly nominated but did not win.

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Going My Way

"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"

1969

music: Burt Bacharach

lyrics: Hal David

original recording: B. J. Thomas

While generally not included in live performances and recordings, there is a vaudeville style instrumental part in the middle, played during a bike stunt in the film

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

1944

music: Hugh Martin

lyrics: Ralph Blane

original recording: Judy Garland

This song originally had more religious lyrics. Frank Sinatra had Hugh Martin alter some of the lyrics to make the song more upbeat for a 1957 cover.

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Meet Me in St. Louis

"My Kind of Town (Chicago is)"

1964

music: Jimmy Van Heusen

lyrics: Sammy Cahn

original recording: Frank Sinatra

A Chicago crime boss is assassinated and his lieutenant, Guy Gisborne, takes over until one of the boss' friends assembles a team to take down Guy. The song is sung as a "Thank you" after a jury lets Sinatra's character off.

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Robin and the 7 Hoods